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Supreme Court refuses another trucking case, this one about carriers’ access to drivers’ history

The six driver plaintiffs claimed FMCSA's PSP reports disparaged their reputations and made it harder for them to find work. The courts have also consistently disagreed with OOIDA-backed plaintiffs’ assertions.

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Supreme Court rejects ELD appeal, ending OOIDA’s challenge options

In a win for FMCSA, the Supreme Court has declined to take up OOIDA's challenge, leaving in place a lower court decision that upholds the rule and its Dec. 18 compliance date. OOIDA says it will continue its ELD challenge via Congress and the White House.

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Bills aim to bring more veterans to trucking

Legislators have introduced bills that would, if passed, expand the number of VA medical professionals allowed to conduct DOT physicals, as well as extend the CDL exemption for military veterans to active-duty service members and reservists.

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Supreme Court could decide June 8 whether to hear ELD lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as June 8 whether it will hear the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's lawsuit against the federal government's rule to mandate use of electronic logging devices for truck drivers.

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Senators press regulators to speed up implementation of driver drug testing changes

The senators noted in the letter the December 2015-passed FAST Act highway bill required the HHS to issue guidelines for hair testing as a method of detecting the use of drugs within one year, but the Dec. 4, 2016, deadline passed without action. Failing to meet the deadline, the letter adds, has prevented the DOT from allowing hair testing to be a federally approved testing method.

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DOT declines to file opposition in ELD lawsuit’s appeal to Supreme Court

The attorney representing OOIDA and truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the ELD challenge says it’s not uncommon for the government to decline to file in such court cases. However, he says, the Supreme Court could ask DOT to file an opposition brief before deciding to hear the case or not.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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DOT: 3.2 trillion miles driven in 2016 on U.S. roadways

FHWA estimates that of the 3.2 trillion miles traveled in 2016, 2.2 trillion of the miles were in urban areas, while 984.2 billion were in rural areas.

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Who’s in charge at FMCSA until Trump can nominate a new boss?

Though President Trump’s choice to run the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao, has been confirmed by the Senate and begun work at the DOT, there’s still a litany of posts Trump must fill at the DOT, including naming a new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Two Detroit DOT officials charged in CDL fraud scheme

Two Department of Transportation employees for the city of Detroit have been hit with felony charges for allegedly taking cash bribes in a CDL fraud scheme, according to the DOT Office of Inspector General.

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